As we've discussed at length, each firm has its own unique process for interviewing applicants to determine if they're the right fit for the firm. At Goldman Sachs, potential hires are asked to come in 97 times before a decision can be made; often they're asked out of the box questions like “If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?” and those applying for senior roles can typically expect to get down on all fours at some point. What does one have to look forward to should he/she attempt to gain employment at Houlihan Lokey and make it to the final round? A 3-part process called "Super Saturday," which actually takes all weekend.
Part 1: Friday night involves a dinner "to see how the candidates interact in a social environment with alcohol."
Part 2: Over bagels and lox the next day, applicants are asked questions like, "Which historical ruler presided over the largest span of the earth by area?" "Who is the all-time Major League RBI single-season leader?" and "What rock album holds the record for longest consecutive time in the top 100 bestselling list?"
Part 3: You go on a date with CEO Jeffrey Werbalowsky.
On his "dates," Werbalowsky prefers to ask applicants out-of-the-box questions that reveal what type of thinkers they are. For example: "You're the emperor of the world. Congratulations. Explain your new world order." Or: "Someone comes to you with a cold fusion reactor which basically creates energy out of tap water. Give me your business and marketing plans for this invention and any other thoughts you have on how to proceed."
"We're trying to find the perfect candidate who has interpersonal and financial skills," Werbalowsky said. "Someone who we would like to work with and someone who would be successful."
Impress Webalowsky and you'll get a call back. Blow it and he'll probably mysteriously lose your number.